Learn more about Chianti Rufina
Chianti Rufina is a small but high-quality Chianti sub-zone located to the east of Florence in Tuscany, covering the districts of Rufina, Dicomano, Londa, Pelago and Pontassieve. Its history stretches back to the 16th century, yet Chianti Rufina was officially classified in 1932.
The quality of the wines here and their fine ageing ability is greatly influenced by the 400m elevation of the vineyards that ensures such excellent acidity. The wines can be made from 75%-100% Sangiovese, up to 10% Canaiolo, up to 10% Trebbiano Toscana and Malvasia del Chianti (both white grapes) and up to 10% other red varieties.
The wine cannot be released before 1st June following the harvest, while Riservas require two years' ageing (including 3 months in bottle). The best examples are finely poised with a herbal, tea-leaf and dried fruit character, elegant, racy acidity and a lovely finesse.
Recommended producers: Grati.